GMAT Tutoring: Get Your 700+ Score and Get on With Your Life

You might have noticed other GMAT tutoring services boasting about their “5,000+ practice problems” or their “hundreds of instructor-led videos.”

But do you really want to spend your evenings doing thousands of homework problems, then watch dozens of hours of boring instructional videos?

If you’re like the MBA applicants we know, you don’t need thousands of remedial problems and you can’t afford to waste time. You are balancing your GMAT study with a demanding job, extracurricular activities, and writing your MBA applications and you want a great score in the shortest possible time.

Our GMAT tutoring is designed to do exactly that. We accomplish this by:

  • Hiring experienced GMAT tutors with 99th percentile GMAT scores who are skilled at teaching
  • Assigning official GMAT problems as homework, which are the only problems that transfer fully to the real test
  • Using practice tests to identify the topics most likely to rapidly improve your GMAT score
  • Focusing our self-study materials on the topics that appear most frequently on the GMAT

Don’t just take our word for it.

A Menlo Coaching Student Who Got +80 Points in 10 Hours of Our Online GMAT Tutoring

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Why A Frustrated Student Came to Us After Using a Big Test Prep Firm

I took ________’s course. It included practice exams and weekly online classes. I found it helpful to understand the basics but it was impersonal and deficient in helping me excel at the exam. I left the course lost on subjects like test strategy, test pacing, my weaknesses, and more. The tutoring quality was also poor. ________’s tutor came unprepared to each of our sessions and we’d spend much of our time waiting for him to fumble through the questions I had sent him in advance.

Don’t waste your time and money on ineffective GMAT test prep. Instead, learn why our GMAT tutoring is more effective than the tutoring offered by other companies, along with some of the ways we can help you the most.

Our GMAT Tutors: a 760 GMAT Score Isn’t Bad—for a Start 

Plenty of GMAT tutors did superbly on the test. But that doesn’t mean they’re any good at teaching you their strategies—or at helping you apply them to the toughest GMAT problems. 

The test prep industry is full of test-smart people who are inexperienced teachers.   

We don’t hire their kind. 

Our GMAT tutors are experienced educators first, test whizzes second. We look for tutors with a proven track record coaching students who raised their GMAT scores at least 100 points. 

We even ask each potential GMAT tutor for documentation of their track records that we can check. How? The same way you would—by calling their students. 

No other firm in the test prep industry evaluates potential tutors as rigorously as we do. But that’s just for starters. 

That Infamous Phrase

If you ever worked with a GMAT tutor from a Big Test Prep firm, you might have heard an infamous phrase at the start of your lesson:

“What shall we work on today?” 

Trust us—nothing optimal ever develops from a private GMAT tutoring session that starts this way.

Why? Experience demonstrates that GMAT students typically make lousy judges of which strategies and concepts yield the largest score gains on the GMAT. 

Think about it: How could someone with limited GMAT familiarity ever know which topics the Graduate Management Admissions Council tests most frequently? Or which strategies solve the broadest range of GMAT problems most efficiently?

They can’t know. It takes a GMAT tutor years of experience to understand the trends and nuances among GMAC’s difficult test questions. That’s why GMAT students are usually the people who would least understand how best to allocate their tutoring time. 

Proprietary GMAT Tutoring Process 

The greatest value an experienced private GMAT tutor delivers stems from their experience teaching the highest expected value strategies and concepts each individual student needs to master. 

To do that, our GMAT tutors employ a proprietary structured process that’s taken our test prep vice president Chris Kane nearly 20 years to develop and refine. His process encompasses three main components: 

  • Diagnostics. Our diagnostic evaluation rapidly assesses your proficiency with the GMAT strategies that matter most. Using proprietary methods, including practice tests, we swiftly identify which high-value topics you need to master, and even pinpoint precise practice questions and solved problems your tutor can recommend that will help you the fastest.
  • Priorities and Sequencing. The diagnostic results help your tutor create a study plan that ranks and optimizes your learning priorities, and determines the sequence of the topics to target during your lessons. 
  • Individual Syllabus. Based on the priorities and sequence, your GMAT tutor develops a written study plan, customized just for you. It serves as a behavioral contract that gives the tutor permission to hold you accountable for completing your assignments on schedule. Students with demanding jobs or unpredictable travel schedules especially appreciate this accountability support. 

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Changing Your Paradigm

Through this proprietary process, Chris and the team at Menlo are on a mission to change your paradigm about the value students should expect from a great private GMAT tutor. Students like you deserve that value because, after all, you’re paying for it. And you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

Chris Kane, VP of Test Prep at Menlo Coaching

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The team takes that mission seriously. According to Chris, 

“In my experience since 2000, far too many students have been willing to let their GMAT tutors get away with acting like slackers. If you think about it, private tutors who passively expect students to ask for topics and bring in all the test items result in the students’ doing extra work they should never be doing.

“Compliant and enabling tutors like these do their students a disservice because this practice can actually lower their overall GMAT scores by distracting them with suboptimal expected-value strategies and concepts. It’s a major reason you find so many tutors whose students don’t perform as well as they should on the exam. Private GMAT tutors like these don’t recognize that such an unstructured approach fails to align with well-known pedagogical best practices that optimize the effectiveness of the tutoring process.

“Instead, it’s the professional responsibility of the tutor to structure each student’s optimal curriculum and learning plan, and to adjust it to reflect a student’s progress. That function is not the responsibility of the students; they shouldn’t be doing that work. It’s just not their job.

“Outside of the GMAT tutoring team we’re building here at Menlo Coaching, I’m not aware of any other GMAT tutoring program within the industry that currently offers students such a structured and comprehensive proprietary process. Because 98 percent of GMAT tutors in 2021 still fail to work our way, Menlo’s proprietary process could very well disrupt the test prep industry. Besides, our process might appear innovative, but it’s not entirely new. I based this process on a consistently effective approach that I’ve applied in my work as an expert GMAT tutor over the past 20 years, and plenty of outstanding reviews online from all my students prove that effectiveness.”

Specifically, What Differentiates Menlo’s GMAT Tutors?

Many people are surprised when they first learn about what Chris looks for when interviewing potential Menlo tutors. Believe it or not, within the rarefied world of GMAT prep educators, Chris treats a 99th percentile score on the GMAT as a basic qualification for the job. 

“Yeah, I know,” says Chris. “People always shoot me funny glances when I tell them that. 

“But you know what? It’s the truth. And once you understand what we’re trying to achieve here at Menlo, it makes perfect sense.” 

Chris first looks for someone who can quickly build a strong sense of rapport and camaraderie with him as a fellow like-minded GMAT expert who lives and breathes the exam, someone who’s “inside all the questions, looking out.” He continues:

“Look at it this way: In the entire world, there exist on average maybe about a thousand people in a typical year who score this high on the GMAT. OK? There aren’t many of us, and several from this crowd who went on to careers in the GMAT prep business already know each other. And we all possess a lot of shared experience in common together. 

“So if a potential GMAT tutor with a score like mine can’t quickly build rapport with me, how are they ever going to quickly build rapport with a new test-anxious student who’s feeling intimidated and nervous as hell about sitting for the exam?

“See, I’m not really selecting an instructor for their test score. To me, that’s necessary, but it’s not a sufficient condition for a great GMAT tutor. That test score alone isn’t enough of a differentiator for us at Menlo. Instead, I’m selecting tutors based on their abilities as educators, and for their mastery in helping people. Because in my experience over two decades, qualities like those are ultimately what matter most to GMAT prep students.”

Meet Our Expert GMAT Tutors

Ron Awad
Ron Awad, GMAT Tutor since 2011

Since first preparing for the GMAT in 2007, Ron has been passionate about GMAT minutiae, converting his love of tutoring students into a full-time career in collegial education. Specifically, with a decade of private GMAT tutoring experience at this level, he has seen the structures and traps employed time and again by the GMAT to snare students. And Ron can show you how to avoid these traps efficiently.

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Dave de Koos, GMAT Tutor since 2016

Throughout his 12 years of university-level teaching experience, Dave has come to realize that the key to mastering the GMAT is to gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals being tested and not to focus on tricks. His teaching style helps students to break down complex problems into simple, manageable pieces so that the concepts can be understood at a fundamental level and solutions can reveal themselves.

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Travis Morgan, M.B.A.
GMAT Tutor since 2007

Travis brings more than a dozen years of experience of private tutoring for the GMAT, GRE, and Executive Assessment exams, and he’s seen it all. An award-winning instructor, he has worked with hundreds of test takers across multi-student classrooms and individual tutoring. While Travis has helped students with starting GMAT scores ranging from the 200s to the 700s, his expertise lies in identifying the underlying causes for score plateaus and helping students break through them.

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David Baird, I.M.B.A.
GMAT / GRE Tutor since 2001

Over his 20+ year teaching career, David has acquired more than 10,000 hours each teaching and tutoring for both the GMAT and GRE exams. As a result, he has become an expert in the industry, with his sole focus being improving the lives and future careers of all his tutoring students. David now focuses his private tutoring on assisting world-class MBA candidates applying to top-tier MBA programs in achieving the highest possible score on the GMAT exam.

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Packages and Pricing

All tutoring packages include complete access to the Menlo Coaching GMAT curriculum:

  • “Refresh Module” PDFs that efficiently cover the content needed to solve Quantitative and Verbal problems: Arithmetic, Critical Reasoning, Algebra, Word Problems, Sentence Correction, Geometry and Statistics
  • 12 lessons containing proprietary strategies for solving tough problems quickly: Intro to the GMAT, Arithmetic, Algebra, Word Problems, Geometry & Statistics, Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning 1, Critical Reasoning 2, Sentence Correction 1, Sentence Correction 2, Reading Comprehension, and the Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Homework assignments highlighting the most important problems from GMAC’s official guides
  • 35 hours of recorded GMAT instruction from our online course
  • A study schedule showing you how to use the official GMAC practice tests as part of your preparation for test day
  • Self-hypnosis recordings to help you overcome procrastination and the test anxiety sometimes triggered by a computer-adaptive test

Because the GMAT is one of the factors considered when MBA admissions committees award merit-based scholarships, numerous Menlo Coaching GMAT students have gone on to win $60,000, $100,000 or even full-tuition scholarships after first achieving a great GMAT score.

Basic ($2,400)

If you are close to your target score and have specific weaknesses remaining, our 6-hour Basic package is a good fit for you. For example, your enhanced score report may show that you have weak areas in only a couple of question types.

Standard ($3,800)

If you are 50-80 points from your target score, and need to work on several areas of GMAT content or strategy, our 10-hour Standard package gives you enough time to do that.

Comprehensive ($5,000)

If you are early in your GMAT study and want comprehensive support from a tutor alongside our online curriculum, a 14-hour Comprehensive package is a good fit for you. We can help you in multiple subject areas, plus test taking strategies and time management.

Unsure Which Package to Choose?

If you are not sure which package is right for you, request a chat with one of our expert GMAT tutors.

We do not offer larger packages up front because most of our clients already achieve excellent GMAT score improvements within 14 instructional hours or fewer. If you need additional hours, we can add those for you later at the equivalent package rate. For GMAT students requiring extensive remedial instruction a larger package is available after consultation with a tutor to be sure that such a package is actually required.

Frequently Asked Questions About Menlo Coaching’s GMAT Tutoring Program

Who would benefit most from your private GMAT tutoring?

Four groups of GMAT examinees should consider private tutoring. These groups aren’t mutually exclusive; some examinees fall into more than one of the following categories. You might be one of them.

Examinees Who Needed a Good GMAT Score—Yesterday

The first group includes those who need a good GMAT score as soon as possible. For students who don’t have at least two to three months for one of our prep course sections, our private GMAT tutoring offers an ideal option. Learn about our GMAT prep scheduling alternatives in the FAQ below titled Which should I choose: your GMAT prep course or GMAT tutoring program? Help me decide.

GMAT Prep Course Students

Second, Menlo Coaching students currently enrolled in our GMAT prep course who would like more practice than the course offers should consider tutoring. As we explain below, even a few sessions with one of our private GMAT tutors can amount to a worthwhile score-boosting investment.

Examinees who Seek to Surpass Their Good GMAT Score

Third, we frequently work with students who already scored well during previous GMAT attempts, but they seek to raise their scores even higher.

Now, why would an examinee who already scored at least a 700 on the GMAT try for an even higher score? Two very compelling reasons exist:

They want to win admission at an M7 school, or they need a scholarship.

M7 Applicants

The M7 comprises the world’s most popular business schools. Each year, more candidates apply to these “Magnificent Seven” business schools than to any others around the world.

The M7 includes:

  • Harvard University: Harvard Business School
  • Stanford University: Graduate School of Business
  • University of Pennsylvania: Wharton School
  • Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management
  • University of Chicago: Booth School of Business
  • Columbia University: Columbia Business School
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT Sloan School of Management

Only minor differences exist in the GMAT averages among MBA students enrolled in these programs. Other things equal, these super-elite schools prefer GMAT scores from their applicants roughly in the range of 720 to 740. And believe it or not, some of their MBA admissions committees seek even higher scores from certain categories over-represented within the applicant pool.

Why? That’s because when evaluating candidates who represent categories flooded with a glut of applicants, such an admissions committee can afford to be even more selective when considering GMAT scores.

For example, our sense is that these committees probably need about a 750 GMAT score to justify admitting MBA applicants such as:

  • Candidates with work experience within the private equity industry. That’s not only because a generous supply of these applicants exists, but also because they usually attended an Ivy League university and passed the investment banking interview processes. They are almost always excellent test takers.
  • International applicants without United States citizenship who hold undergraduate engineering degrees granted by universities outside the U.S.

Although GMAT scores that average about 730 might at first sound stratospheric, many fail to realize that with instruction of the calibre we provide, a score that high is definitely within range for most examinees who had scored between about 650 and 700 during an earlier GMAT attempt.

Scholarship Applicants

In addition, these days many student debt-conscious MBA applicants seek to raise their scores in order to maximize their chance of winning scholarships. This trend applies to candidates applying across all MBA programs, and not just at the top ones. Nevertheless, a high GMAT score is especially likely to win a scholarship offer from a top business school that’s known to “buy” high GMAT scores to fortify its U.S. News and World Report ranking.

Learn more about how average GMAT scores drive modern MBA rankings in our popular article, What is a Good GMAT Score?

Students with Skill Challenges

Fourth, some students seek to shatter the 700 barrier, but they experience skill challenges with one or more of the critical subjects required for strong GMAT performance. In many cases, that’s because the quality of a student’s pre-college education negatively impacts their GMAT preparation and performance.

Of particular concern are the students for whom the quality of their education in critical subjects was suboptimal during primary or secondary school. On the GMAT, critical subjects include:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • English reading comprehension
  • English grammar and composition

Common reasons this might have happened include:

  • The faculty or school teaching these critical subjects fell below standards.
  • A student experienced persistent emotional, social, family or health challenges while taking critical coursework.
  • A student learned English as a second language outside of an English-speaking nation like the United States or the United Kingdom. Often the language skills of such students are not competitive with most GMAT examinees because they did not take college courses in English writing and literature in an English-speaking country. As a result, the degree of precision required to correctly solve GMAT verbal reasoning questions supersedes these students’ English proficiency.

Scoring well on the GMAT is certainly feasible for students motivated to aggressively overcome skill deficits in these critical subjects. However, for a student experiencing challenges with a critical subject like algebra, effective GMAT preparation will require more time, effort, and resources. What’s more, this preparation may be overly challenging or impractical without capable and comprehensive tutoring support like ours.

For that reason, we recommend tutoring to any GMAT examinee with such a skill challenge who seeks a 700-plus score. Typically, tutoring will emphasize the key topics identified by our proprietary diagnostic evaluation at the start of our tutoring program. We will then use our underlying resources to allow guided self-study to improve the rote skills, followed by one-on-one help tailored to the student’s learning style for the harder concepts.

Why do your tutoring assignments and exercises emphasize genuine GMAT resources?

Discover why our GMAT program emphasizes GMAC’s official resources by reviewing our GMAT prep course web page. There you’ll find explanations in two sections:

  • Dirty Little Secret #1: Big Test Prep has a nasty habit of relying on inauthentic study materials and practice exams that don’t prepare students for the real GMAT
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What’s the difference between your GMAT prep services and those your competitors offer?
What’s the minimum number of tutoring hours likely to significantly boost my GMAT score?

Although every student is unique, in general we recommend at least ten hours of tutoring.

For most students, reviewing results from the diagnostic evaluation along with their proposed syllabus requires much of the first session. Moreover, our experience suggests it’s unlikely that a typical student would complete and review with their tutor enough high-value exercises during fewer than six to ten hours that would substantially boost their GMAT score. For these reasons, our minimum GMAT tutoring package comprises six instructional hours.

Which should I choose: your GMAT prep course or GMAT tutoring program? Help me decide.

If you have read through our web pages but still aren’t certain, two factors should help you choose: Time and investment.

Time and Scheduling Factors

Scheduling is more of a factor for our prep course. Realistically, prep courses work best for students who have more time available. And typically, students in our GMAT courses need at least two to three months before they plan to sit for the GMAT.

Why? Our courses meet for five weeks. During 2021, five of these courses appear on our calendar. Recordings are available, but students should try to attend as many live sessions as possible, because live interaction with the instructor and fellow students is so important.

Furthermore, for a number of good reasons, usually we don’t permit students to join the course while it is in process later. So, working backwards, you’ll need enough lead time before your planned exam date to schedule all 35 hours of your course sessions, followed by at least 4 weeks to do numerous timed question sets and practice tests, as well as important review from the course sessions.

By contrast, scheduling for tutoring is more flexible. For example, students who for one reason or another have to take the GMAT in only three to four weeks pretty much need to rely on tutoring, because our courses run for five weeks. And even though our tutors have busy schedules, our tutoring sessions are usually easier to schedule than the prep course, which is much less flexible.

Investment and Value Factors

Now, let’s consider how the investments required for our GMAT prep course and tutoring compare.

As we point out on our GMAT prep course web page, our class is a great value because it’s a cost-effective solution. We price the prep course competitively on a per-instructional-hour basis, and we sell the course for a flat fee that makes budgeting straightforward.

And as we also emphasize on that page, our course can save you time and money—and in some cases, lots of time and money. That’s because the GMAT course provides a conceptual framework in an organized, systematic way that prevents most students from needing extensive private tutoring afterward. Furthermore, many students find that when they have questions, they can rely on collaboration with classmates through our discussion forums and learning management software, to which we provide access for course participants at no additional charge.

To compare, we sell our private tutoring on a per-hour basis. But for most students, tutoring will be a variable cost, meaning that the total cost varies according to how much time a student will need.

For example, students who had first finished our GMAT prep course tend to require the least tutoring (6+ hours). However, if a student did not or could not enroll in one of our prep course sections, comprehensive GMAT preparation through our tutoring program would typically cost that student much more than the GMAT prep course’s flat rate—plus any additional tutoring after the course.

Our experts couldn’t precisely predict how many tutoring hours you might need until after you completed our diagnostic evaluation, which is the first phase of our GMAT tutoring program. However, they’d welcome chatting with you informally to roughly estimate how many hours you may need. That’s always a free consultation, so there’s no reason for you not to chat with one of our tutors to discover how much time they believe would result in a good outcome for you on the GMAT, and to learn about answers to other questions you’d like to ask.

How is your tutoring delivered? Online or in-person?

Nearly all of our students choose for online GMAT tutoring, which is safe, flexible and saves you the time it would take to commute to our offices. We use the Zoom and Adobe Connect systems to deliver our tutoring.

In-person GMAT tutoring can be provided upon request; inquire for details.

To hear more about how our private GMAT tutoring could help you, contact us at [email protected]

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